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O’Meara is meant to be our 3 legged dog, not Titchell & Scully has a dodgy ankle. Sam Mitchell is back working with the midfield, knows all about Clarko’s mantra “When a soldier goes down, replace him with another”.

Broken leg likely to end Tom Mitchell's 2019 early

You must be great fun at parties.

Broken leg likely to end Tom Mitchell's 2019 early

Sure, but only if the men are prevented from playing during that time and are relegated to unpaid support positions on the sidelines like canteen duty and washing the socks. That’d even things up.

The rise and rise of women’s football

This is the season for Mo Hope to really break out. Can’t get used to seeing her in a North guernsey, she’s all Collingwood to me.

AFLW 2019 preview: North Melbourne Kangaroos

Roughy, class all the way, brings a tear to my eye, the way he’s conducted himself through thick and thin.
Always thought Breust would make a solid captain. If not, Gunston would be my pick but guessing Shiels or Smith will get the job. All good choices.

Roughead stands down as Hawthorn skipper

Don Freo, noted mind reader.

Sam Mitchell returns to Hawthorn

This wasn’t leaked for noble purposes, and obviously Mumford’s life was not ruined ……

Shane Mumford expresses remorse after video appears to show him snorting powder

This footage is 3 y ears old and Mumford is now retired. Hope Big Mummy catches up with the “mate” who leaked this, for a quiet word.

Shane Mumford expresses remorse after video appears to show him snorting powder

Good summary, enjoyed the live feed on AFL Facebook. Gutting watching Hawks VFLW talent go to other teams tho.

AFLW draft wrap

Hannah transitioned as an adult after a long and successful sporting career training and playing at an international level as a male, and a big one at that. I don’t want her crashing a pack with my daughter in it. Pretty simple, find another (non contact or individual) sport or play in the male comp, and don’t cry victim.

Hannah Mouncey withdraws from AFLW draft

Why a picture of Cyril for the “homesick” article? Cyril, formerly a Scotch College boarding student drafted to Hawthorn, resigned a on the tail end of persistent injury and inconsistent form, and after 4 flags and a Normie, he’s paid his dues. He wasn’t looking for an out for more money or a better club under the guise of “homesickness”, he was giving the gig up altogether.

Homesick? Suck it up, be a man, and blame someone else instead

I go out to Spotless from the Eastern suburbs a few times a yea and it’s a royal PITA getting there and slightly less so getting back on PT. Very few direct services from Central, driving & parking is a nuisance. It’s enough to turn off the already flakey Swans supporters.

Swans blitz Giants in Sydney derby

We are the softest top 4 entrant in a long while, but I’ll take it. BTW Carlton & Freo – this is what a rebuild looks like.

Hawks survive St Kilda scare

You’ve just described the difference between a “team of champions” and a “champion team”.
If Clarko couldn’t nab a Coach of the Year award from 2008 – 2015, not sure why they’d reward him now. We should win against the Saints but we are also due for a loss and I’m wary of the Swans who are coming home strong.
Numerology is on our side tho 1978, 1988, 2008 🙂

Are Hawthorn pretenders or premiership contenders?

Jim, that line is not utter garbage at all. The Swans QC successfully argued that Hall’s punch was delivered “in play” when it was a good 50m off the ball. The AFL was happy for any reason to let Hall off, they needed the Swans to succeed. He shouldn’t have played – and Big Baz has always acknowledged that.

Will Richmond's challenger please stand up?

Whenever I hear “unbeatable” “theirs to lose” ……….. I think of 2008, 2014 & 2015.

Will Richmond's challenger please stand up?

I remember it clearly because I was there with a bird’s eye view, albeit drunk, but an elevated seat in the first row. Here it is, navigate to the 50sec mark for the hit.
Yeates was squaring up to Dermot who’d split his testicle some weeks earlier. Rough justice.
I get about the team punishment of the send off rule, but still don’t agree our game would benefit from it or that it would prevent these very serious but rare occasions.

Andrew Gaff: How many weeks, and where will he be next year?

That was the 1989 grand final, but it was not legitimate contact that left Dermie with broken ribs. Yeates made a beeline for him before the first bounce, well off the ball. Had there been a card system enforced with today’s sensibilities, we would have missed out on one of the greatest contests the game has ever seen! I hope the AFL never introduces a send off rule.

Andrew Gaff: How many weeks, and where will he be next year?

A Gaffe in a viscous situation for sure.

Monday Morning AFL Podcast: Will we see Andrew Gaff in Eagles colours again?

No thanks. Beware “favourite son syndrome”.

Memo St Kilda: Give Sam Mitchell the top job

Yep, me too, I’ve booked a weekend away on the basis I could catch the game at the SCG on the Friday night then head off. First world problems but ……….. groan.

Carlton given prime-time fixture as final round of 2018 AFL season confirmed

They have these things called “cars” in Sydney, and they’re not 9-5’rs, can live where they like.

Nine hot takes from AFL Round 19

The forward line yes, but how good is the midfield, surely comp’s best. The Richmond clash this weekend will be epic, maybe a grand final taster, I’ve tipped the Pies to run out with this one.

Nine questions to come from Round 18

I have 2 memberships to GWS and didn’t receive a “bring a friend for free” email this week. The crowd was really noisy and there seems to be more people wearing the club colours. Pretty happy with the club, works hard for it’s members and excellent game day experience – probably the best in the country.

Giants CEO: 'Best ever' crowd a sign of GWS's progress in Sydney

Not sure why the Hawks went in as such favourites (aside from the home ground at Launie), given the inconsistent form. Smashing the Bulldogs lulled us into a false sense of security. The Lions beat us by 10 goals 2 months ago and the coaching box contained 2 architects from the 3peat era in Chris Fagan and Luke Hodge. Where’s the respect?
I tipped the Lions and also put a lazy tenner on them at the tote as emotional insurance.

Which Round 17 slip up will prove the most costly?